The No. 20 University of Kentucky women’s basketball continues its stretch of five games in 11 days as it returns to Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. ET tip against the Evansville Purple Aces.
The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick, now in his first year with the program, will be calling the game on the UK Sports Radio Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Headrick’s call on 630-AM WLAP. Live stats and free audio will be available online at ukathletics.com.
Sophomore guard Paige Poffenberger is scheduled to sign autographs following the game on the main concourse near the Lexington Avenue entrance. Young fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Kid Zone pregame with games, poster making stations, coloring stations and more.
Single-game tickets are $9 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Children ages five and under do not require a ticket in general admission areas.
Purchasing season tickets offers the best option and price savings for fans. New season ticket purchases are available in upper-level reserved chairbacks (sections AA-JJ), lower-level reserved bleachers (sections R-Z) or general admission bleachers (sections RR-ZZ) for $65 per ticket. Lower-level reserved chairbacks (A-J) sections are sold out again this season.
Kentucky (7-1) is currently in the midst of a difficult stretch of playing five games in 11 days including three away from Memorial Coliseum. The stretch started with a setback at Baylor before UK earned its seventh win of the season by defeating Tennessee Tech on Sunday inside Memorial Coliseum. After Tuesday’s game vs. Evansville, UK will travel to play at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Dec. 8 and at Miami (Fla.) on Sunday, Dec. 10. Both Florida Gulf Coast and Miami (Fla.) are receiving votes nationally.
Kentucky is coming off an 82-54 victory over Tennessee Tech on Sunday. The Wildcats dominated in the post with 36 points in the paint, 21 second-chance points and a 46-23 rebounding edge. Kentucky recovered from its shooting woes at Baylor to hit at a 48.5 clip from the field, including six 3s, while limiting Tennessee Tech to just 33.3 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from long range.
In all, 12 Wildcats scored in the game. Junior guard Maci Morris paced UK again with 16 points, adding six rebounds and three blocks, while freshman forward Tatyana Wyatt scored 12 points with three rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Fellow freshman forward KeKe McKinney scored a season high nine points with five rebounds while Dorie Harrison had seven points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Makenzie Cann had eight points, while fellow senior post Alyssa Rice had seven points and six rebounds.
Morris has led the Wildcats in scoring this season, averaging 16.3 points per game while hitting a team-best 23 3-pointers. Fellow junior Taylor Murray is averaging 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game with a team-best 35 assists and 15 steals. Cann is the only other Wildcats averaging double figures with 11.0 points per game.
Kentucky’s strong start has led UK to be ranked high in several national categories, including 17th nationally and first in the Southeastern Conference in assist-turnover ratio at 1.38, 33rd nationally and fourth in the league in total assists with 138, 33rd nationally and third in the league in field-goal percentage defense at 35.1, 20th in the nation and first in the SEC in rebounding margin at 11.4 and 21st in the nation and second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.3 percent. UK stayed at No. 20 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 that was released Monday.
Evansville enters Tuesday's game with a 2-4 overall record. The Purple Aces won their season opener against Murray State, 89-81, before dropping four of its next five games. The lone win during that stretch was a 79-53 victory over the Westminster Blue Jays, 79-53, in Evansville. The Purple Aces have dropped games to Alabama A&M, Eastern Illinois, WKU and Austin Peay. Tuesday's game ends a three-game road swing for Evansville, who will return home to play Morehaed State and Oakland City before hitting the road again on Dec. 16 at Illinois-Chicago.
Graduate senior guard Hannah Noe is the leading scorer for Evansville this season, averaging 18.2 points per game while hitting a team-best 22 3-pointers. Senior guard Brooke Dossett is averaging 12.0 points per game and has a team-high 24 assists. Junior center Kelsi Scott is leading the team in rebounding with 5.5 boards per game, adding 8.2 points per game.
As a team, Evansville is averaging 67.2 points per game, hitting 42.5 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from 3. The Purple Aces have a -7.0 rebounding margin and are averaging 16.3 turnovers per game.
Kentucky trails the all-time series in games played against Evansville, 0-2. This will be the first time the teams have met since December of 2002. Evansville won the first ever meeting in Lexington, 78-72, on Dec. 22, 2001. The Purple Aces then claimed a 70-66 win over Kentucky the following season in Evansville on Dec. 4, 20002.
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